2001 Lexus RX 300 Overview

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2001 Lexus RX 300 Overview

While Lexus had pioneered this once unique crossover between the luxury car and the SUV, they were encountering more competition by the third model year. The Acura MDX and Infinity QX4 provided new options in the car/SUV niche. Originally based on the Japanese market Toyota Harrier, the RX would return to Toyota as the Highlander for 2001 in the United States.

The 2001 RX featured several changes. Most notable was the standard skid control system which regulated braking and engine power to maintain sure-footedness in slick conditions. A larger gas tank, water repellent front glass, and minor styling details rounded out the changes. New options included a navigation system, heated seats, and wood steering wheel and shifter.

Drivers who expected the RX to have the capabilities traditionally associated with SUVs were disappointed, and found the vehicle to be a poor value in that respect. However, those expecting a Lexus were not let down. Drivers reported the RX as powerful, smooth, comfortable, and luxurious. The 3.0 Liter V-6 provides 220 hp and 222 lb.-ft. of torque, but the gas mileage is certainly acceptable at 19/24. Common issues included a tight interior, uncomfortable front seats, and poor steering radius (41.3 ft) and responsiveness.


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Rx300 2001 Vsc And Engine Lights.

I took the car in last year, and they changed two sensors out...it was expensive. Lights came on again, now they say it most likely is the fumes from gas tank. Something about the seals leaking. Th...

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How Does My Steering Wheel Remain Locked After Starting The Engine?

I can start my RX-300 but the steering wheel will remain locked for a period of 2 to 9 minutes after start...very odd. Any ideas what the problem can be? Thanks, Doug

8 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)

Timing Belt

Hi, I bought Lexus 2001 three months ago and the guy didn't change the timing belt now it has 103.000 milage,it runs with its factory one, do I need to change just the timing belt or I need to cha...

31 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)

2001 Lexus Rx 300 -driver Side Brake Light Works At Night When Suv Is In Se...

The back light indicator is on at all times on the dash. I changed both bulbs to the brake lights (Right and Left)

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2001 Rx300-- The "vsc" Light On My Dash Is On..

my "vsc" light on my dash is on. what's it mean? what do i do to fix and how much will it cost?

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